Open access in Switzerland – A current overview

27.03.2018

Developments in early 2018: Negotiations on the "read and publish" model to take place with academic publishers. Action plan for the implementation of the national open access strategy approved. Studies in Communication Sciences converts to open access; University of Zurich survey reveals that open access meets with approval.

"Read and publish" negotiations to take place with academic publishers

Within the framework of the Swiss national open access strategy, swissuniversities (the Rectors' Conference of the Swiss Universities) will conduct negotiations with academic publishers with the aim of concluding "read and publish" agreements. Under the "read and publish" model, the Swiss universities would pay publication costs and a fixed price for reading and downloading publications; no additional costs would arise. The "read and publish" model would replace the classical subscription-based model. Initial "read and publish" negotiations with the publisher Springer Nature will begin in 2018. Negotiations with the publishers Elsevier and Wiley will follow in 2019.
swissuniversities press release, 15 March 2018 (available only in German)
swissuniversities homepage on open access (available only in German)

swissuniversities (the Rectors' Conference of the Swiss Universities) and the Swiss University Conference approve action plan for the implementation of the national open access strategy

Over the last two years, the Swiss universities and research institutions have developed a national open access strategy and an action plan for the implementation of this strategy. In February 2018, the action plan was approved by the Plenary Assembly of swissuniversities and the Higher Education Council of the Swiss University Conference. swissuniversities can now begin to implement the action plan.
swissuniversities press release, 7 March 2018

Studies in Communication Sciences leaves Elsevier and converts to open access

The journal Studies in Communication Sciences (SComS) has left the publisher Elsevier and moved to the publication platform HOPE, which is operated by the Main Library of the University of Zurich. SComS is now open access.
University of Zurich News, 6 March 2018 (available in German only)

University of Zurich survey: Open access meets with approval

A recent survey conducted by the Main Library of the University of Zurich revealed that the majority of the university's scholars and scientists support open access. Almost 50% have already published works in open access.
University of Zurich News, 28 February 2018 (available in German only)

We would like to thank Prof. Dr Christian Fuhrer (University of Zurich) for compiling the news.